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Filet Mignon with Tarragon Butter

There’s come controversy whether the Filet Mignon is the “king of steaks” or not.  It’s certainly among the priciest cuts, and the most tender, but critics says that with that tender texture, comes a loss of flavor.  I say I understand both points of view; I’d also say that having to choose a favorite cut, is like asking a mom to choose a favorite child….so, why not love them all. 

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How to Slice Mushrooms

Slicing mushrooms, or any vegetable really, is no great miracle. It’s just slicing vegetables. But I have seen some techniques that truly make me cringe. Most important, using sloppy knife skills and a poor technique can be unsafe, but it can also be slow, and give you an inconsistent finished product, that makes creating a great dish more difficult.

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Southwestern Spiced Chicken Breast

Just about everyone I know eats a fair amount of chicken.  And those boneless, skinless chicken breasts are just so easy to pull out of the freezer and cook for a simple, quick, dinner.  Unfortunatly, those boneless, skinless chicken breasts can get pretty boring.  I sure you're going to be shocked to hear me say...."But, a simple quick dinner, made with a boneless skiness

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Corn Avocado and Tomato Salsa

I love making salsas that I can use as sauces to change up some the regular old hum-drum every day meals.  You can make salsas out of just about anything, and use them turn an ordinary piece of chicken…into something extraordinary.  In this recipe, I show you how to make a “Southwest” inspired, chucky salsa, of corn, avocado and tomato.  Come summer time, all those ingredients are in full swing

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Asparagus and Potato Soup

In Spring and Summer I’m looking to use asparagus in just about any way that I can…so soup just has to come into play.  And like all soups, there are a ton of different versions to put together.

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How to Separate an Egg

Separating an egg is a simple, yet fairly important culinary skill.  While those who bake and cook a lot of desserts probably know the method cold, some of my fellow savory chefs, overlook the need to separate egg yolk from egg white.  Aside from making egg white omelets, there are a number of applications, you may need to separate an egg for.  There are several different ways I’ve seen people

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Spaghetti Carbonara

I love to make this spaghetti carbonara recipe when I want a “wow” factor on the plate.  While the ingredients aren’t really different than in my normal carbonara recipes, for this version, I reserve the yolk of the egg, and serve it nested in the finished spaghetti.  Served with that raw yolk on top, my guests can break it, and mix it in with their pasta to form that delicious rich sauce.  In

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How to Cook Asparagus

One of my favorite vegetables is Asparagus.  In the Spring time, when it’s fresh, and local, I can’t get enough of it, and I cook it in some way, shape, or form at least twice a week.  Not only is the taste great, but it goes well with all kinds of dishes; from the heaviest red meat, to the most delicate fish.  And asparagus is also really good for you.  But How to Cook Asparagus?  There are a

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Smashed Potatoes

I love potatoes in just about any way, and in this recipe, I give you a “smashed” potato recipe that is just killer.  This is one of the best examples of "no recipe required" that I’ve got.  You can add tons of different items to this dish, and it will still be great...heck you can even use sweet potatoes.  Smashed potatoes are really just half way mashed potatoes.  Instead of mashing the potat

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How to Cut Corn Off the Cob

I love corn on the cob.  It’s one of the true culinary joys of summer time.  And while I love to have corn on the cob, cooked in the traditional ways…steamed, grilled, roasted with a bit of butter and salt, I also love to use fresh corn as an ingredient in other dishes.  I supposed if I had to, I could use frozen corn (a poor substitute for fresh) or canned (which I don’t know that I woul

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